A camera monopod provides fantastic stability without the bulk of a tripod. Easy to carry and lightning-fast to set up, monopods consist of just a single leg, as opposed to a tripod’s three. They are fantastic for keeping heavy lenses stable, especially while panning horizontally, and many can also be used as a walking stick, making them great for hikes.

Many great monopods will also come with a ball head, allowing you to position your camera precisely as you want. There are loads of excellent brands to choose from, and different models with different features and maximum heights. Here we’ll help you sort out which monopod is right for you.